The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) was established in 2015 as a key plank of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centre Initiative. Its goal is to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness across Australia’s manufacturing industry. AMGC is an industry-led, not-for-profit organisation and is run by a board and management team of industry experts.
AMGC’s role is to share its respected research on how the industry can transform to become more advanced. AMGC puts its research into action by engaging with manufacturers and universities in high-impact projects and export hub opportunities. It is connected with a nationwide network of manufacturers, universities and research institutions, export hubs, and the recently announced Pre-fab Innovation Hub. The Pre-fab Innovation Hub was announced by Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology on 16 June 2019 to support Australia’s manufacturing and building and construction sections. It is expected that the new lab would support work on a wide range of buildings, including tiny houses, larger homes and offices and strengthen Australia’s position in the global prefabricated building market.
As part of the funding agreement with the Commonwealth, AMGC must first undertake a feasibility study for a manufactured building hub for the prefabricated building industry. The feasibility study will describe the requirements for the establishment of the Hub. If the Commonwealth approves the establishment of the Hub, then the grant allows the development and implementation of the Hub to deliver the following outcomes:
- Support links between the construction and manufacturing sectors to enable businesses to benefit from advanced manufacturing processes.
- Support new technologies and innovations enabling the transformation of the industry to provide smarter, more affordable and more sustainable construction solutions for Australians.
- Grow the manufactured buildings eco-system to improve business capability to incorporate advanced technologies and processes within industry.
AMGC encourages like-minded manufacturers and research institutions to join its ranks. Membership is open and free of charge to those who care about developing a more globally competitive manufacturing sector.